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Exploring North Norfolk | UK Weekend Breaks

We all know what a staycation is right. No? Okay, a staycation is a holiday in your home country. I have done a few staycations over the years, Cornwall, Wales, North Yorkshire, Cotswolds & my favourite being North Norfolk. It’s somewhere my parents started holidaying about 10 years ago now & they have been a few times a year ever since. Last year they actually bought a holiday cottage in a small village called Docking, It’s the cutest cottage, and we love to pack the car up and head down for the weekend when we can. North Norfolk hosts some of my favourite restaurants and long walks in the UK so I always end up coming homes a stone heavier but feeling revitalised due to being out in nature 24/7.

What to do in North Norfolk:

I obviously have Archie, My beagle so I tend to walk, a lot. The beaches are huge so you are able to walk for miles and miles. Holkham beach, which is one of my favourites has been featured in quite a few films and TV programmes over the years & has just won the BBC Countryfile Magazine Beach of the Year Award 2018. At the end of the walk, there is Wells beach Cafe. They do some of the best sausage rolls around and a doggy wash station & water bowls. If you don’t feel like walking back there is always a coastal hopper bus that runs for miles up and down the coastal road.

We occasionally head to the Norfolk Broads and hire a little boat for the day. Have a designated driver (usually me) and head down the boards calling in at every pub along the way. Its really lovely, especially on a summers day and you can even take your four-legged furry friends on the boats too. I think it’s around £80 for a full day hire which I don’t think is too bad for a full day’s entertainment.

Where to stay, Eat & drink:

I am very lucky, my parents have a lovely little cottage based in Docking where I can go and stay when they are not there, however, I love to use the Expedia website to book accommodation anywhere around the world, including UK hotels.

The Hoste, Burnham Market

I would say one of the most popular areas people tend to head too is Burnham Market. The village again is so beautiful however due to it being a sought after area the prices for the cottages hike up a little and it has got a little busy these days which isn’t ideal. Burnham Market offers the Hoste, a Luxury boutique hotel right in the heart of the village which is great to head too for a quick drink by the fire in winter or to enjoy their fine dining experience in their restaurant. I have heard on the grapevine, Stephen Fry can often be found in there enjoying a glass of wine, I have never seen him myself though.  While you are in Burnham market you have to visit Mable’s Sweet Shop, It has so much choice and is an Instagrammers paradise. There are a few unique little shops in Burnham Market so even though I wouldn’t personally stay there I always head there for a wander around the shops and cafes.

Ok, Let’s talk about my favourite subject, Food. Here are my favourite stops:

The Duck Inn, Stanhoe.

This is at the top of my list for good reason, The food is to die for and I love the pub itself. It is quite small and has a lovely warm feel to the decor. I have one particular favourite meal which is Beef fillet with a wild mushroom Risotto & baby leeks. It sounds simple but it is honestly one of my favourite meals ever. The beef is really great quality and locally sourced (I believe) with super fresh veg. Check out their Instagram here if you want to see more.

The White Horse, Brancaster. 

Set right on the marshland with the most epic view in Brancaster-Staithe. The seafood platter & the White Horse Burger are on my hit lits everytime I visit. I actually prefer to eat in the bar however to get a good view of the sunset you are best to eat in the restaurant side and look over the marshes. If it’s a nice evening I like to grab a Gin & Tonic and head outside on the balcony.

The Hero, Brancaster

This is my parent’s favourite pub. They love to come here for their fish & chips. It has recently been refurbished and it’s a great place to come to after a long walk. the nautical theme is super cute & very fitting with it being about 100 yards from the sea. If you are after a good sea view then this will not be the best place, however, the food is beautiful & so are the staff.


Walks & Beaches 

My all-time favourite beach is Holkham beach. You can part at St Ann’s Drive, its a pay and display car park but there is always plenty of spaces to park. Head down to the beach and make a right turn, you will eventually come across the beach huts.  If you are into photography, having a cheeky selfie at the beach huts is a must & you will see tons of people striking a pose.

Blakney Quay to Cley-next-the-sea is a really lovely walk. You park at the Quay in Blakney and head out on the coastal path for about 3 miles till you reach Cley-nexy-the-sea. At the end of the path I take a right up the road until I reach Wivertion Fruit Farm & cafe. This is a real treat. The food is beautifully fresh and colourful with cakes and desserts to die for.

My top tip for visiting North Norfolk would be to take your car or hire a car for the weekend as the villages are fairly spread out and you may find it difficult getting around easily if you are car-less. There is a bus that takes you right along the coast for a couple of quid and are fairly regular too, allowing dogs to ride for only about 50p.

Clothing & Equipment I take with me…

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Where is your favourite UK destination?

X Leanne X

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